McDonald’s announced this month that it is fully transitioning to cage-free eggs to meet its customers’ preferences and expectations. The transition will take place over the course of the next 10 years in the almost 16,000 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. McDonald’s currently purchases 2 billion eggs in the U.S. (13 million are cage-free) annually and 120 million eggs in Canada annually for use in the company’s breakfast items.
“Our customers are increasingly interested in knowing more about their food and where it comes from,” McDonald’s USA president Mike Andres said in a press release. “Our decision to source only cage-free eggs reinforces the focus we place on food quality and our menu to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
“We’re proud of the work we’re doing with farmers and suppliers to advance environmentally and socially conscious practices for the animals in our supply chain,” Marion Gross, senior vice president and Chief Supply Chain Officer of McDonald’s North America said. “This is a bold move and we’re confident in our ability to provide a quality, safe and consistent supply.”
Do you think other fast-food chains will follow suit?